UPDATE: The Tennessee Department of Children's Services put out an update late Tuesday morning, saying that all but nine teenagers were back in custody.
The department said, "No staff members were seriously injured in the event, and the breached fence has been fixed."
Here's more from their description of what happened:
At approximately 11 p.m. Monday, September 1, some students at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in North Nashville made their way out of their dorm rooms, which are not locked from the inside, and made into the campus yard.
Once in the yard, the students milled and ran about the yard for several minutes. After discovering a weak spot in the bottom of the perimeter fence, they crawled beneath the chain link and escaped. In total, 32 students left the premises.
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, nine students are at large.
Those who have been found are currently at the Metro Nashville Juvenile Court, where they could face escape charges. The Metro Nashville police assisted in locating the students, as have family members who brought some of the youth back."
UPDATE: As of around 9 a.m. Tuesday, 14 teens remained at-large after three more were apprehended early in the morning, Rob Johnson, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, told The Wire.
Johnson said that while there were no reports of criminal activity by the escaped youths, authorities were instructing the public to be alert and contact law enforcement if they see anything suspicious. "I think people have to be careful," Johnson said, noting that some of the teenagers had committed violent crimes in the past.